Advocacy Work

ESLA promotes the profile and reputation of the SLT profession to the European Commission, other relevant authorities and related organisations, by publishing statements and policies advocating the value of our services for people with communication and swallowing difficulties.

The principal Advocacy activity of ESLA is our annual European Day of Speech and Language Therapy, that is always celebrated on the 6th March in recognition of the original founding Charter of CPLOL.

Each year our Member Associations feature the selected theme of communication and swallowing disorders and organise public events to raise awareness and visibility of the impact on families and the contribution of the SLT profession.

Here below are the topics that have been announced for ESLA‘s European Day up to 2025 …



In addition to our advocacy work on behalf of people and families living with communication and swallowing difficulties, ESLA also undertakes political influencing work.


In May 2020, the CPLOL Board issued a Statement in support of Member Associations to adopt new approaches to working, including telepractice where appropriate. 
The Statement can be downloaded here.


On this page we will also feature 

  • some examples of our campaign activities,
  • relevant case studies to highlight the impact of SLT work
  • links to reports of the exciting and creative European Day activities led by our Member Associations.


CEPLIS is the European Council of the Liberal Professions.
It is the only inter-professional association bringing together the liberal professionals at the Community level across Europe.

ESLA is an active member of CEPLIS, to help us ensure that the perspectives and priorities  of SLT professionals are represented.


In March 2020 at the outbreak of the Covid 19 pandemic in mainland Europe, the CEPLIS President issued a letter to MEPs on behalf of all the Liberal Professions across Europe. You can download that letter here.


For the latest Bulletin from CEPLIS, please click on the image below.